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Weird but plausible diet: Shangri-La

I found this accidentally yesterday while googling for something entirely different.

http://www.freakonomics.com/times0911col.php
http://www.freakonomics.com/pdf/whatmakesfoodfattening.pdf

The idea is that when you eat high-calorie, flavorful, familiar foods, it increases your appetite. Eating things with less flavor, or less familiar flavors, or things with flavor but not many calories can decrease your appetite (there are scientific/evolutionary reasons for this which he goes into in detail). The main strategy this guy used was to drink unflavored sugar water or unflavored oil a few times a day, at least an hour before and after tasting anything with flavor, and it made him have much less appetite.

I'm going to try this. I don't have a problem with eating too much at mealtimes, generally, in fact I usually eat pretty small meals. But I do have a problem with getting ridiculously hungry at regular intervals in between normal mealtimes, like my body wants me to have many many small meals a day. It can be annoying, because it makes me crabby or I end up eating a lot of not-so-healthy snacks throughout the day. I'm going to see if I can stave that off with sugar water or oil before I hit that point. Even if it only works a little, its probably better than sweet-and-salty nut bars and vending machine chips.

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eatsoylentgreen
Jun. 1st, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
"he found that his [problem with waking up too early] could be cured if, on the previous day, he got lots of morning light, skipped breakfast and spent at least eight hours standing."

that's hilarious. I wonder what other things he tried!

Smelling 10 cans of tuna. Inhaling one helium balloon. Putting clothespins on his ears.
grenacia
Jun. 1st, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
Well, hen you get into the research, one of the tactics that worked for weight loss was eating with one's nose plugged! So you're not far off.
eatsoylentgreen
Jun. 1st, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
well, so would eating through a straw, or eating only while being chased by tigers, but those are also ridiculous.
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